CATEGORIES Action, Classics, Comedy, Horror, Romance, RumorMonger, DIY/Filmmaking, Newsstand, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, CinematicalThe book has been the talk of the blogosphere for weeks -- and now the studio bidding war means we can write about it. According to both the Sydney Herald and the Times, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is in the middle of a full blown studio bidding war.
The book by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith doesn't hit bookstores until April, but given the buzz, it's already a hit. (Yes, that is the cover to your right.)
Zombies is a slight reworking of the Austen original, offering the "lost chapters" of Pride and Prejudice that reveal Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy fell in love in the midst of a zombie attack. Evidence of the attack apparently survived even in the original novel, as Grahame-Smith points out: "Why else in the original should a regiment arrive on Lizzie Bennet's doorstep when they should have been off fighting Napoleon? It was to protect the family from an invasion of brain-eaters, obviously."
Obviously. Though I suspect the book will be more hype than original substance (85% of it is the original Pride, the rest is zombie), and I find the zombie obsession a bit wearing, I can't resist this concept. As a girl, I'm obligated to love Austen (I wept a little when I visited her house in Surrey), and as a film geek, I love gratuitous action and gore above all else. To see Elizabeth Bennet fighting zombies ninja style (for real -- Mr. Darcy teaches her how) means I can die a happy girl.